In spring of 2020, during the height of the pandemic, I published an article showing clear evidence that exercise can greatly reduce our risk for COVID-19. Now we have even more evidence.
A new study, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, showed how patients with Covid-19 who were consistently inactive had a greater risk of hospitalization, admission to the ICU, and death than those who were consistently meeting physical activity guidelines.
The study also showed that even a small amount of physical activity, less than recommended, still offered protection against Covid-19 versus being consistently inactive.
The authors of the study recommended that “efforts to promote physical activity be prioritized by public health agencies and incorporated into routine medical care”.
From the very start of the pandemic, there was a different and more empowering perspective that could have served us well. Unfortunately, it wasn’t often emphasized by the many leaders and experts that were appearing in the media. Nevertheless, it is never too late to improve our exercise habits and nutrition.
I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that the greatest contribution you can make to defeat Covid-19 is to improve your own health. The evidence clearly shows that a healthier, active, and leaner population will withstand and defeat a pandemic better than a community of overweight and sedentary people.
Naturopath, Health Educator
Nutrition & Exercise Specialist